Union Grove

Village to be donation spot for Toys for Tots

By Dave Fidlin


The holidays might be several months away, but Union Grove officials are already planning to take part in the spirit of the season by partaking in an annual event held at disparate locations throughout the state.

At a Village Board meeting Sept. 12, Village Administrator Kerry Bennett announced plans of using village hall as a dedicated drop-off location for a local Toys for Tots drive this holiday season.

“The ladies and I were talking about a way that we could help the community,” Bennett said. “What we’re going to do is be a donation site.”

Bennett credited Shai Demers, the village’s new deputy clerk and deputy treasurer, for coming up with the idea.

This year happens to be Toys for Tots 75th anniversary, and Bennett said there will be a variety of promotional posters and other messaging within village hall to commemorate the milestone and create an awareness of the drive itself.

      In other business Sept. 12, the Village Board:

  • Named Union Grove resident Amy Obermeyer to the village’s Recreation and Parks Committee. Obermeyer will be the second citizen to serve on the panel alongside elected Village Board members who hold a seat on the group as a committee assignment.
  • Discussed the status of speeding, primarily within the village’s main thoroughfares, during a report of recent activity within the Police Commission.

With assistance from the Racine County Sheriff’s Department, efforts to curb speeding have been in place with renewed efforts to post speed signs in visible areas.

Trustee Jan Winget said she has noticed the speed signs have been effective in getting motorists to slow down.

“I can hear trucks go by, and they’ll down shift like crazy,” Winget said

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